Primary Health Care Programme Director

The Opportunity

The Primary Health Care Program Director is responsible for the overall design, coordination, and delivery of Save the Children’s comprehensive, multi funded, Primary Health Care Programme as well as complementary nutrition activities implemented in Luang Prabang Province through the SCALING partnership. S/he provides technical guidance, management oversight and is responsible for quality program implementation, in close coordination with support services and leadership in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that lessons derived through implementation of projects and approaches are well articulated, documented and disseminated both internally and externally and contributing towards the overall health & nutrition portfolio and strategic development within the country office.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.  


  • Responsible for the overall implementation, coordination and reporting of Primary Health Care Program in Luang Prabang, in line with SCI, donor, and government regulations, and delegates responsibility for technical support and field delivery of high quality programming in line with the objectives of the country strategy. Supports and guides integration and coordination of SCALING LPB activities, within the broader Primary Health Care program;
  • Maintain excellent relationships with relevant members, donors and government officials in the provinces of implementation and facilitates member and donor programme visits;
  • In coordination with VTE Health, represent or support team members to represent SCI’s PHC work in local, national and global fora;
  • Represent Save the Children externally with LPB - based government and other stakeholders, partner organizations, etc. Support broader country office representation efforts at VTE level.
  • Ensure that programme review take place as scheduled and that relevant findings are incorporated into programming.
  • Ensure that there is an effective system for monitoring, data collection, analysis and evaluation and that there is a high level of staff capacity in using these tools and the data produced;
  • In coordination with PDQ, develop and implement MEAL tools to track and report on accomplishments and challenges, and link learning to continuous program improvement;
  • Make regular field-visits to different programme activities to check the quality, identify best practices, address issues and provide technical support to implementation teams. This includes monitoring and implementation of Child Safeguarding Risk Management Plan;
  • Ensure evidence of impact of interventions is rigorously maintained, documented and disseminated internally and externally as appropriate, to contribute to improvements in programme quality and advocacy efforts;
  • Coordinate with other programmes to create synergies and avoid duplications;
  • Contributes towards broader country office health and nutrition strategy development, implementation and reporting.
  • Work with PDQ team to ensure high quality communication products linked to project and program objectives.
  • Direct line management and supervision of a team of four to five, indirect health & nutrition team roughly 25 employees;
  • Primary budget holder for awards under PHC program, with flexibility to delegate responsibilities to direct reports;
  • Ensure preparation of timely and high quality progress reports, program reports, and donor reports;
  • Participate in Portfolio and Project Review Meetings and monitor the budget vs. actual reporting process between CAP, awards, and finance; ensure forecasting and reporting are on track and accurate;
  • Provide technical input and contributions towards project design support and contribute towards the design projects and secure resources to ensure stability and/or strategic growth of portfolio;

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

 We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 7 Nov 2019

Closing date: 21 Nov 2019 - 11:59 +07

Location: Lao People's Democratic Rep., Location

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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